Sun Fashion

smart summer style

Traveling anytime soon? I’m sharing fashions today that are perfect for your next beach trip. The dress is from Coolibar--a brand from Australia that focuses on keeping women looking great while enjoying fun in the sun, We love clothing that can go from the beach to dinner out. This Aqua Tunic dress is compact in your suitcase and does double duty.

I brought this dress to California to the Mom 2.0 summit this year. It packed so well. When I arrived, I hung it up and the wrinkles fell out. I wore it to the pool (over my swimsuit) and to a party. Versatility is key. I was only traveling with carry-on–everything I packed had to be essential. BONUS: For anyone who is trying to amp up their sun protection, this is worth a look. The dress has a “aqua SUNTECT® fabric” with sun protection woven in with coverage of 50+

summer braids

The hair was easy. I was on day 3 of a blow-out and it was a little flat. Here’s what I did: I separated the hair in two sections by the front of my head. Then I did a simple braid and joined the two pieces in the back. Simple and off the face.

My jewelry was from LOFT (the necklace) and MARK (the bracelet). I love packing versatile statement pieces like these. The ivory color can go with just about everything you pack for a trip.

The shoes you’ve seen before–they are a Kate Spade wedge I scored at TJMaxx.

smart sun fashions


If you want to learn more about Coolibar and summer travel style. Check out the lastet MomtrendsTV video:

What I am wearing in the video:
Beach Sun Hat ($35) with the Vera Shores Tunic in Fig ($119.50)
Aqua Dress in white & black ($89.50)
Quarter Zip Long Sleeve Fitness Pullover ($49.50)

Now what about you? Do you have a favorite beach look? I hope you’ll share what you’ve been wearing on Monday Mingle. Monday Mingle is a fashionable collaboration between me, Jill from Glamamom and Kristin from BonBonRoseGirls. Each week we post about our personal style and then invite our friends to join in the fun. Today I play host. We rotate each week. Everyone is invited!

Here’s the prize for the week: One lucky fashionista is going to win a sun hat featured in the video! You’ll be chic and sun-protected.

win a coolibar sun hat

All photos from © and may not be re-printed without express permission. This NYC studio is beyond fabulous and the host of our fashion shoots.


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Momtrends was not paid for this post. As always, we get a lot of free clothing to style. But no one paid me to put any of this together. You must be 18 and a US resident to win. Everyone who enters will be added to the Momtrends monthly newsletter.


  • Dude Mom

    Day three of a blowout over here is the polar opposite of flat! Love the dress. Always looking for items that travel easily.

    • momtrends

      What does day three look like?

  • April

    I just had a nice beach trip a few weeks back. Denim cut-offs and a floppy hat were my must-haves! Your dress looks like it travels nicely too!

    • momtrends

      I wish I had a good pair of cut-offs.

  • thriftychicmom

    Love that dress and the shoes, very cute.

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  • Such a great dress – protects from sun damage and looks chic while doing it! I had bought Mili a sun-protectant swimsuit couple of years ago, but didn’t know they have dresses with such fabric! Thanks for introducing this brand!! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    Style-Delights Blog

    • momtrends

      You should definitely check out Coolibar. They make sun-protection chic.

  • sheree

    Braids are so popular right now..this looks awesome!
    Sheree xx

    • momtrends

      thank you. easy style fix.

  • Tiffany

    I love little braids, even with my short hair! You can usually tell when I’m trying to cover up my roots because I’ll do a little braid with my bangs. lol You look very fresh and summery!

  • Alison Lumbatis

    Your braids are SO cute! What a great dress, it fits you like a glove.

  • That print is SO pretty and I’m loving the braids!

    • momtrends

      thanks K. love the braids when it is humid.

  • Tanvi

    You so fly! (;

  • MIH Janise

    Love this outfit on you…those shoes!!! Have a fabulous day and thank you for the linkup.


  • AvgGirlsGuide

    love this look… I’m wearing a dress today… love how they make every outfit look pulled together!


  • SwaRai

    Nicole, you look like a teenager! Fabulous!

    • momtrends

      Thank you!

  • Spashionista

    Love, love, love – no, WANT – that dress! It’s genius to incorporate sun protection into such stylish clothing and you wear it so very well!


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  • sarahchang

    I love the idea of having built in sun protection – I do it for my kids – why not for me?? Super cute hair style. I’ve been rocking the braids lately, too. Perfect for this super hot weather!

    • momtrends

      Humidity is no friend of mine.

  • Glamamom®

    Such a pretty print. Sun protection is SO important. But honestly if I tried to wear long sleeves in the NYC summer you’d have to peel me off the sidewalk.

    • momtrends

      It is pretty light, but maybe better for the Hamptons or NJ beaches.

  • Glamamom®

    Amazing hair btw.

  • Tia Harmon

    Love that braid!

  • Mz Savvy Style

    What a cute boho look!! Love your hair!


    Great to join you another week.

  • Jenny @ Babblings of a Mommy

    I found out about Coolibar at the Getting Gorgeous event a few months back. So innovative! You look great!


    • momtrends

      The company is so great!

  • I love the black and white print – and major score on the wedges!

    • momtrends

      Thanks! I’m a shoe fanatic!

  • Happinessatmidlife

    Love this dress and that’s it’s SPF 50! This is such a perfect dress for the summer!


  • Absolutely love your hair in this post! Aren’t dresses like this the best? I love them because they never lose their shape or wrinkle!

  • Ann Wood

    This outfit is perfect– simple b/w with a great summer shoe. You look great!

    blue hue wonderland

    • momtrends

      Thank you!

  • I love the braids..I’m going to do that tomorrow! You look fabulous!

    • momtrends

      tweet me a photo!

  • Alicia @MommyDelicious

    I love that braid in your hair! And the dress and wedges… nailed it!

    • momtrends

      thanks Alicia!

  • momtrends

    Oh, don’t even talk to me about roots. That’s another reason to love sun hats.

  • momtrends

    Thanks Alison!

  • momtrends

    Yay for dresses!

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  • momtrends

    Thank you!

  • momtrends

    Love it!

  • Fabulous sunhat!